Mavs fall to Celtics in double overtime
Pierce takes over with 34 points, surpasses 23,000 mark for his career
Paul Pierce scored 34 points, including a 3pointer at the start of the second overtime to give Boston the lead for good, and the Celtics held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-115 on Wednesday night.
Rajon Rondo had 16 points, 15 assists and nine rebounds, and Kevin Garnett added 16 points for Boston.
O.J. Mayo scored 24 points for Dallas, and Shawn Marion had 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Pierce made five of six free throws in the second overtime to help clinch the Celtics’ second straight victory. With his basket with 59 seconds left in the first overtime, he surpassed 23,000 points in his career. He is the 25th player in NBA history to reach the mark.
Rockets 99, Wizards 93: James Harden scored 31 for host Houston.
After sustaining a sprained ankle last Saturday against Dallas and missing Monday night’s loss to San Antonio, Harden returned to lead the Rockets to their first victory under coach Kevin McHale in more than a month.
The Wizards threatened late in the fourth quarter, but Chandler Parsons scored eight straight points for Houston in the final three minutes, including two 3-pointers, to secure the victory. Parsons finished with 18 points and eight rebounds.
Thunder 92, Hornets 88: Kevin Durant scored 35 points and host Oklahoma City extended its winning streak to nine games.
The Thunder rallied from an 11-point secondhalf deficit and matched
. their longest streak since the franchise moved from Seattle.
Warriors 97, Heat 95: Draymond Green made a layup with 0.9 seconds left to give the Golden State Warriors a 97-95 win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday.
LeBron James led Miami with 31 points as he reached the 20-point mark for the 25th consecutive game, the longest current streak in the NBA.
Nets 94, Raptors 88: Joe Johnson scored 23 points, Andray Blatche had 14 points and nine rebounds and the visiting Brooklyn Nets beat Toronto 94-88 Wednesday night, snapping a seasonhigh five-game losing streak.
Bulls 96, 76ers 89: Joakim Noah scored 21 points, Luol Deng added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Chicago won its fourth in a row on the road.
Marco Belinelli had 16 points and Nate Robinson, starting in place of injured guard Kirk Hinrich, had 14 for Chicago.
Bucks 98, Kings 85: Brandon Jennings scored 19 points, Monta Ellis had 17 points and 11 assists and host Milwaukee beat Sacramento.
Ersan Ilyasova added 16 points and a seasonhigh 14 rebounds for the Bucks, who have their best 20-game start since 2005-06.
Timberwolves 108, Nuggets 105: Nikola Pekovic had 22 points and 11 rebounds as host Minnesota overcame Kevin Love’s shooting struggles. Love finished with eight points on 3-for-17 shooting.
Pacers 96, Cavaliers 81: Paul George scored 27 points, and host Indiana overcame a 16-point deficit.
Hawks 86, Magic 80: Josh Smith and Jeff Teague scored 16 points apiece, Al Horford added 13 points and 13 rebounds, and visiting Atlanta held off Orlando.
Clippers 100, Bobcats 94: Chris Paul had 19 points and 10 assists as visiting Los Angeles won its eighth straight.
Blake Griffin and Matt Barnes also scored 19 points for the Clippers, who maintained sole possession of first in the Pacific Division.
The Mavericks’ O.J. Mayo defends against Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. Mayo finished with 24 points, but Rondo had 16 points, 15 assists and 9 rebounds in Boston’s double-overtime win.